2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

February 16, 2017
The rooster is the 10th animal in the Chinese zodiac and include the years 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and this year, 2017.  This is the year of the fire rooster.

This year is predicted to be a less volatile than last year - the year of the monkey.  Since historically roosters were the first to wake in the morning they embody the traits of leadership - responsibility, reliability, and intelligence.

Those who are born the year of the rooster are believed to be honest, intelligent, confident and ambitious.  They are generally healthy, active and sociable.  They are also interested in being fashionable and take pride in what they wear.  They make loyal friends.
 
A rooster represents achievement and fame.  It is believed to frighten away ghosts at sunrise by its crowing.  An image of a rooster communicates a desire for a promotion.  The rooster's crest,(guan) is a play on the Chinese word for official.




 



 

Mammoth Ivory Netsuke Bring Important Stories Back to Life

December 7, 2015

Throughout the ages, artists have carved beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces from ivory. Today, there is a rich history to be told through the stunning netsuke pieces from Asia. Carvings depict wild and historic scenes, mythology and spiritual symbolism.

While the use of Elephant ivory endangers those beautiful creatures that were killed to near extinction for their tusks, another type of ivory has long entranced Asian carvers.

 

Mammoth Ivory

Mammoth Ivory was first unearthe...


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Why Asian Artists Carve Fish Into Jade And Mammoth Ivory

April 19, 2015
Asian artists have been carving amazing and beautiful scenes into timeless pieces for centuries.  These carvings depict so many different scenes and tell so many stories.  Many times they feature a different animal, and every animal has its own symbolic meaning in Asian culture.  One of the most popular is the fish.


I have found hundreds of beautiful jade carvings, mammoth ivory netsuke, wood and silver carvings depicting fish. Some feature fish on their own, but most include figures of people...


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Earthy Year of The Green Wooden Sheep Begins Feb 19

February 16, 2015

The Year of the Sheep begins Thursday, Feb. 19 when the 4,713th Chinese year dawns with a bright moon.

 

The Chinese New Year is one of the biggest and most important cultural celebrations in China. The story of the Chinese New Year and the Zodiac that goes with it begins with Buddha. He called all the animals to meet him at the height of the moon’s cycle. Twelve creatures joined him and he named the years in the order of their arrival.

 

The rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dr...


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The Many Shades Of Jade

January 18, 2015

Most people think of jade as a green gemstone. While it’s most valuable color is a vibrant emerald-like green, jade actually comes in several different colors.

Since the Chinese first discovered the gem in Myanmar hundreds of years ago, it has been a cherished stone, often even more valuable than gold.

Mined primarily in Asia, Russia, Europe and the Americas, there are actually two different stones that we refer to as jade.  The most highly prized jade is mined in Asia....


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What’s So Special About Dragons?

December 31, 2014

Dragons are significant in nearly every Asian culture. So, it’s no wonder they’re depicted in so many of the beautiful jade carvings as well as wood, silver and mammoth ivory carvings I have collected and incorporated into jewelry over the years.

 

Chinese and Japanese artists both created some of the most stunning jade dragon carvings you’ll ever see. Some are centuries old and some are brand new. The dragon has remained a constant in Asian cultures.

 

Wondering...


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Tips To Help You Buy Jewelry For Your Wife This Holiday Season

November 18, 2014

Maybe you’re one of those gentlemen who know gemstones and can spot a quality piece from across the room. Maybe your wife is used to getting fine jewelry from you on special occasions. Lucky her. But if that’s not you, don’t fret. That’s not most men.

 

So, how do you find the right piece of fine artisan jewelry for you wife?

 

Where not to go

First, steer clear of the chain jewelry stores. They are known for their staples. They have lines and vendors, not artis...


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The Perfect Necklace Will Stand Out At Your Holiday Party

November 18, 2014

T’is the season. Holiday music is creeping into playlists. Decorations are going up at shopping centers. Christmas cards and party invitations are going out in the mail.

 

So, now the big question is: what to wear?

 

Halloween is over. It’s time for sophistication, elegance and a little bit of sparkle.

 

Before you buy new sequin-covered or rhinestone studded outfits for this season’s lineup of office affairs, friends’ dinner parties and organization galas, ta...


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Carol Barrett Jewelry Celebrates 25 years

September 13, 2014

For 25 years, Carol Barrett has crafted beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry incorporating culturally significant artifacts from Asia and India with the highest quality semiprecious stones.

It’s hard for her to believe it has been so many years. She remembers her first journey through China when she collected so many unique historic figurines carved into mammoth ivory, jade, wood and silver.

They were irresistible to her. She brought dozens and dozens of artifacts home from ...


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Japanese artists take inspiration from animals

August 8, 2014

Animal symbolism is hugely important in Asian culture.

 

With that knowledge, it’s no wonder Japanese artists have been carefully carving animal sculptures for thousands of years. Many of the most prized Japanese animal carvings are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or wear on a necklace. Beginning in the 17th century, Japanese men would hang small pouches for their pipes, coins, seals and other personal belongings from their traditional sashes. To keep the po...


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